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Cichlid Press Enjoying Cichlids


Cichlids have been favorite aquarium fishes for almost a century. 'Discus', 'Angels', 'Kribs', and 'Rams' are well-known cichlids, which are often kept with non-cichlids in a community aquarium, although they are best maintained in a special tank.

Cichlid keeping experienced a huge increase in popularity soon after the first species were exported from Africa's rift lakes; these fishes, with their gorgeous colors, were so different from those kept previously that they stole the hearts of aquarists all over the world. Following the advent of rift lake cichlids their Neotropical cousins also received increased attention from hobbyists. Aquarium clubs specializing in cichlids have been formed in many countries and information about these wonderful creatures is spread via numerous magazines. Every year cichlids fascinate more and more aquarists with their splendid coloration and interesting behavior.

During the past decades, aquarists as well as scientists have studied cichlids in their native waters, discovering a wealth of information about their natural behavior. This knowledge, together with that derived from many years of keeping and breeding these fishes, has proved to be of vital importance to successful cichlid keeping, and is here brought together in a single volume.

This book has been written by 12 authors, each of them a specialist for many years in his or her field, and is the distillation of a total of more than 300 years experience in keeping cichlids. The result is an invaluable guide to the essentials of enjoying cichlids.

Aqualog African Cichlids II, Tanganyika I Tropheus


Lake Tanganyika, situated in the heart of Africa, is one of the most fascinating bodies of water in the world. It is also one of the largest, as well as deepest, freshwater lakes to be found on Earth.

In numerical terms the cichlids (family Cichlidae), dominate Lake Tanganyika, in regards of both, species and numbers. One of the peculiarities of the genus Tropheus, found only in Lake Tanganyika, is that these extremely specialized fishes are unable to cross large areas where there are no aggregations of rocks.

These rock formations form their particular habitat. As a result, these cichlids have evolved in distinct variants, easily distinguished by their coloration, in practically every rocky zone. Because coloration plays a major role in the courtship of these cichlids, they are often incredibly colorful.

All the color variants known to date - more than 120, including the newest discoveries never before pictured in print ? are here for the first time portrayed in words and photos in a single book. In the course of more than 10 years of intensive involvement with these fishes, the author Peter Schupke has compiled all the information available on these spectacularly attractive Tropheus. The most recent research using the latest scientific methods, such as DNA analysis, has been included.

The aquarist is provided with all the information required for the successful maintenance and breeding of these fishes in captivity. Aquarists and scientists alike will find in this Aqualog a unique work of reference, which like all Aqualog lexica, can be kept up to date over the years to come by means of the supplements. Hardcover, 190 pages, over 300 photos plus 150 drawings.


Aqualog South American Cichlids III


The third of four volumes completes the first catalogue that presents all cichlids from South and Central America. Only the Discus and Angels are left out and presented in Volume IV. On 144 pages and 650 fantastic color photos you find the co llective genera Aequidens, Cichlasoma and their relatives Acaronia, Caquetaia, Petenia and Herotilapia. Changes of scientific names up to 1998 are considered. All AQUALOG -reference books introduce each fish (incl. breeding forms etc.)with at least one color photo and a short description. The ingenious code number system labels every known or newly discovered fish with an individual code number. This number re mains, despite any scientific renaming. Moreover, it enables you to communicate internationally about any fish without the danger of confusion regarding local names! Your AQUALOG -reference book always stays up-to-date! All newly discovered or bred species are regularly published as supplements or so-called "stickups" in our AQUALOG news. These stickers can be attached to the empty pages at the end of your book.

Barrons A Commonsense Guide to Fish Health


A constant concern among aquarium hobbyists is keeping their fish healthy and active. This book offers all the advice they'll need. It opens with discussion and advice on tank water chemistry--how to control it to produce an optimal environment for aquatic life. Other important topics explored in detail include fish nutrition, recognizing and treating fish diseases, and protecting fish against parasites, as well as bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. In addition to sound advice, readers will find photos, line art, and information on medications to help them maintain a healthful aquarium environment for healthy fish.

Cichlid Press Tanganyika Cichlids in Their Natural Habitat


This book catalogs and characterizes all the known cichlid species of the lake on the basis of their distribution, coloration, and habitat preferences. A wealth of information and beautiful photos - collected during several hundred hours underwater observation - portray all known Tanganyika cichlids in their natural habitat. More than 920 color photos, most of them never published before!

Cichlid Press Celebrating cichlids from lake malawi and tanganyika


Just the words East African Rift Lake convey sufficient magic to attract the attention of those that have never even heard of cichlids. Imagine a body of water as large as the state of Maryland, filled with crystal clear water fresh water and teeming with millions of gaudily colored fishes.

Just like a coral reef without the salt water, the currents, and the tides. And Africa has two such lakes, both about the same size and both with a unique set of fishes, almost all of them found only in that particular lake. A part of Lake Malawi has been declared a World Heritage Site, the world?s first freshwater park. The fauna of Lake Tanganyika, with a depth of 1470 meter/4,822 feet, the second deepest in the world, is thought to be older than six million years, and perhaps as old as 20 million. The lake may have been the cradle of most cichlids found today in East Africa.

One of the most exciting groups of fishes, the cichlids, is dominant in both lakes Malawi and Tanganyika, with each lake harboring a staggering number of endemic species whose ranges are restricted not only to the lake in question but often also to a particular section of each lake. Some of the species occur only around tiny rocky reefs, with population densities as low as a few hundred individuals, while others are found lake-wide with millions caught every year by local fishermen. Since the 19th century, when Lake Malawi was discovered by Livingstone and Lake Tanganyika by Burton and Speke, scientists have been intrigued by the fact that so many species could originate in a single body of water. Leaving aside the intense scientific interest in African cichlids, these colorful creatures are also extremely popular with aquarists who are able to keep and breed many of them with ease.

Each cichlid has an interesting story to tell; this book shows a collection of cichlid fishes that were caught in the act, the act of their behavior, the act of displaying their splendor, all demonstrating that they are celebrated segments of the rich tapestry of life in the magical lakes of Africa.

Cichlid Press Tropheus in Their Natural Habitat


Cichlids of the genus Tropheus have fascinated aquarists since they were first exported from Lake Tanganyika in the late 1950s. It may have been their "unconventional" shape, or the fact that females brood their offspring to a relatively large size inside their mouths, that initially appealed to hobbyists. They are still some of the most popular cichlids kept in aquaria. Over the years much has been said about their incredible diversity of coloration, with almost any new area collected in the lake resulting in new variants, and the emphasis in the aquarium literature has almost always been on the number of variants, morphs, or species that exist in the lake. Behaviorists have, however, discovered that Tropheus species exhibit unique breeding behavior not recorded from any other group of cichlids. Their behavior in the wild, as you will read in this book, is ruled by ecological factors that cannot realistically be duplicated in the aquarium, and for this reason these fish behave rather differently in captivity. The information in this book is based on observations in the wild and almost all photographs were taken in the lake and show the fishes in their natural habitat.

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